Un­der the Ham­mer

Para Site an­nual fundrais­ing auc­tion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

More than 200 art lovers de­scended on the Qube at PMQ for the an­nual Para Site fundrais­ing gala. Over cock­tails, guests strolled around the venue’s perime­ter to view the 88 art­works—by top artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo­qiang, Takashi Mu­rakami, Lawrence Weiner and Antony Gorm­ley—that would be auc­tioned later that evening. Para Site co-chairs Yana Peel and Alan Lau each gave a speech, af­ter which at­ten­dees en­joyed tapas and a live per­for­mance by mu­si­cian Shane Aspe­gren. Then, hands shot in the air as bid­ders fu­ri­ously com­peted to lay claim to 22 of the pieces dur­ing a live auc­tion. Pieces by Gorm­ley and Ola­fur Elias­son shat­tered es­ti­mates of Hk$125,000–200,000—each work ended up sell­ing for HK$330,000. Af­ter­wards, a si­lent auc­tion took place for the rest of the art, cul­mi­nat­ing in nearly HK$5 mil­lion (a record to­tal) raised for the gallery’s fu­ture en­deav­ours.

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